Riding their tired old horses across Detroit, their saddlebags stuffed with bourbon, cigarettes, Coney Island hotdogs and worn Johnny Cash cassettes, are the Orbitsuns, the Motor City’s finest purveyors of low down and dirty outlaw country. Summoning the spirits of all of their brethren, the Orbitsuns are as outrageous as Iggy, as blue collar as Seger, as dark as Alice, as revolutionary as the MC5 and as boundary crossing as Kid Rock.
This is country, folks, but not as you know it. Front man Vinnie Dombroski made his name with alt-rock giants Sponge in the ‘90s, smashing into the charts with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)”. Sponge was formed out of the ashes of the hard rock band Loudhouse, and they were signed to Sony Records for their first two albums (Rotting Piñata and Wax Ecstatic) and were the opening band on the first night of the Kiss reunion tour in 1996. That band is still a going concern proving that the singer is as prolific as he is talented. It was 1996 when Dombroski discovered his talent for writing fire n’ brimstone, honky-tonk hoe-down from Hell cow-punk music, and before long he found himself with a gun case full of songs that would shake the dust from the oldest Stetson, but wouldn’t fit comfortably Sponge’s repertoire. The obvious solution was to form a new band entirely, one that could roam from dive bar to social club, avoiding the spit n’ sawdust on the floors to bring the party to everyone from the hipsters to the ignored. The band, completed by and Jackson Smith on guitars and pedal steel, Bob Hecker on bass and Jimmy Paluzzi on drums are one of the hardest working in Detroit, and in this town that’s really saying something. Debut album Redneck Disco was originally released in 2001, simultaneously introducing the world to a band which had been honing it’s incendiary live show since it’s inception a couple of years before.
Jackson Smith is a versatile musician. He started playing in Detroit with Brit-pop band Fletcher Pratt. Since then he’s played locally with Back in Spades, The Paybacks, jazz singer Linda Blanke and the Skeemin’ No Goods on occasion. He’s also toured with Elton John, Leon Russel, Greg Allman and several other high caliber artists. Jackson has appeared on many records, which range from local bands like the Dead Bodies and the Farwells, all the way to larger national acts like the Electric Six and Wanda Jackson including the new Steve Earle record
The rhythm section is completed by Jimmy Paluzzi, an original member of Sponge alongside Dombroski. After leaving Sponge, Paluzzi recorded an album for RCA records with Hoarse, a desert / Power Trio, and played with the Fags, a power-pop group who made a few waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bob Hecker has played with celebrated local bands like Sonic Blues and Larval, and it is he who supplies the Devil’s own bass lines.
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- The Orbitsuns vs. The Bottle: Live at the New Dodge (2008)
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- Las Vegas is the Reason (2009)